June 28, 2007
The Parkrose HS mural "Horses through History and World 
Cultures" is coming along beautifully! Already several of the panels 
are completed and ready to be permanently applied to the school's 
outdoor wall (this will happen later this month). Space is available for 
volunteer student assistants community service credit is awarded for this 

  Join muralist Larry Kangas in the studio this week! Don't miss this
 opportunity to observe/help a world class artist!

    For the week of Monday, July 2nd, here's the schedule:

    Monday July 2nd  9-5pm
    Tuesday- July 3rd  9-6pm
    Wednesday- July 4th HOLIDAY- STUDIO IS CLOSED
    Thursday- July 5th 9-6pm
    Friday- July 6th  9-6pm
    Saturday- July 7th  TBA (to be announced)

  Volunteer studio assistants help hang canvas, and assist with painting 
the mural. Community service credits are awarded to students for this 
activity. Youth can also create a mural artwork or their own design- on a
 large 4 X 5 ft wooden panel. Paint, brushes and other supplies are 
provided at no cost.

Questions? Call Joanne Oleksiak, Mural Project Coordinator

  c/o Community Connections at 503/408-2645 
  Or simply stop by the Parkrose HS Mural Arts Studio
 (aka the Fine Arts Building, by the tennis courts)
 A mural dedication party is planned for Saturday, July 28th 12-2 pm


Peace Labyrinth: Can you dig it?

June 13, 2007

Please join students, neighbors and staff on June 21st (the First Day of Summer) for a Parkrose Community Peace Labyrinth Work Party. Come anytime from 9-am to 1pm. Bring a shovel and work gloves. Labyrinth Party Invitation Dress appropriately. Refreshments provided!


Many thanks to the Labyrinth sponsors and supporters:

  • East Portland Neighborhood Office small grants program
  • Hands On Greater Portland
  • Lowes Tool Box for Education
  • Community Connections- OSSC/AmeriCorps
  • Parkrose Neighborhood Assoc.
  • Argay Neighborhood Assoc.
  • and others!

Here is a collage of photos from the Groundbreaking in April. Enjoy!

More pictures and a story from East PDX News about the Groundbreaking ceremony here:

Find Volunteer Ideas

June 11, 2007

Hands On Greater Portland can help you connect to non-profit organizations seeking volunteers. Their easy-to-use website is a treasure chest of opportunities! They will introduce you to a volunteer gig that will allow you to make a meaningful, rewarding change in the Portland area. Build a house. Tutor a child. Care for abandoned pets. Build hiking trails. Lead a volunteer group. The possibilities are limitless.

Check out the Teens Only section of their site:

Music Camp Seeks Summer Volunteers

June 9, 2007

Ethos Music Center, a nonprofit organization based in North Portland, is seeking Volunteer Interns to assist with activities for students ages 6-12 at week-long music camps in June, July, and August. Summer camps are a great way to get involved with Ethos and to make an impact on kids’ lives. This opportunity is perfect for someone who is interested in teaching music and looking for experience in the classroom! For more information about Ethos, visit

The Five Camps

  • June 25-29: Guitar/Piano
  • July 9-13: Percussion/Piano
  • July 23-27: Rock Band/Hip Hop
  • August 6-10: Strings/Piano
  • August 20-24: Percussion/Piano

Please be willing to commit to at least 20 hours of volunteer time. Ethos offers volunteers one free hour of music lessons for every four hours of volunteer time given.

We need:

Piano TAs: Assist teacher with piano classes. Interns need to have basic piano skills.Schedule: Weekdays 9:30-11:30 am1:15-3:15 pm. (See above for dates of piano camps.)

Guitar/Rock Band TAs: Assist teacher with guitar or rock band classes. Interns need to have basic guitar skills (or, for rock band, keyboard, singing, drum set, and/or bass skills).Schedule: Weekdays 9:30-11:30 am and/or 1:15-3:15 pm. (See above for dates of guitar/rock band camps.)

Choir TAs: Assist students with part singing, or accompany the choir on piano or guitar. Interns need good singing skills and/or an ability to be an accompanist.Schedule: Weekdays 9:30-11:30 am. (Any/all camps.)

Recess Assistants: Play games and sports with kids outside!Schedule: Weekdays 12-1. (Any/all camps.)

Arts and Crafts Assistants: Assist with arts and crafts activities. No experience necessary.Schedule: Weekdays 1:00-3:00 pm. (Any/all camps.)

How to Apply

Write a letter detailing your interest and experience with music and working with kids. Mail, hand-deliver, or email your letter by June 18th to:


Michele Anderson, Outreach Coordinator, Ethos Music Center,10 N. Killingsworth Street, Portland, OR 97217

Questions? Call Michele at (503) 241-8824 ext. 7#.

Volunteering is Fun at Children’s Museum

April 28, 2007


The Portland Children’s Museum utilizes volunteers for special events and offers long-term volunteer and internship opportunities too. If you love to see the light go on in a child’s eyes as they learn new things and have fun, this could be a wonderful place for you to volunteer. It is located across the street from the Oregon Zoo and is easy to get to by MAX.
The Museum is currently recruiting and training new volunteers to help with Arthur’s World, a new exhibit based on the popular book and T.V. series cartoon character! Volunteers help guide the play experience with visitor families and help support important messages such as the value of reading, writing, storytelling, and positive social skills.

arthurjpg.jpegPosition Description: Arthur guides will help visitors experience the exhibit by guiding the play experience, pointing out exhibit features that are appropriate for the child’s age and interest, interacting with visitor families (including children ages six months to 10-years-old), providing customer service, helping with safety issues, and maintaining orderliness and cleanliness in the exhibit.

Need: Sixty volunteers to help with Arthur. Apply as soon as possible; trainings will take place in May. Read more at: Volunteering at the Children’s Museum or click on the “volunteer” tab at their website: